It’s no secret that I love magic and movies pertaining to magic. My review and explanation of The Prestige is the highest trafficed set of pages on MovieSnobs. So when Now You See Me‘s trailer showed up on the scene a few months ago, I knew I had to see it.
I’ve since read a number of reviews and forum postings about the film, and it seems that I’m un the minority of people who liked it. In fact, I’d go further than saying I liked it and say I loved it. Is it a perfect movie? No, not by any means. Is it enjoyable and a greatly told story? I think so, yes.
To truly enjoy Now You See Me, you have to suspend your disbelief. Now that goes without saying when you’re watching a movie, but this time you have to suspend everything you know about magic. Some of the tricks they show are truly movie magic versus something that I think a real magician could do. Though thinking back to childhood, David Copperfield made an elephant disappear, so I suppose anything’s possible.
I wouldn’t go so far to say that the case is “all star”, but they’re certainly well put together. Relative newcomer Dave Franco (younger brother of James Franco) pulls off a wonderful surprise in the third act with a stunning display of athleticism and acrobatics. He’s otherwise his same smart-ass self you’d have found back in watching him on “Scrubs”.
Many people will tell you that they “figured it out” throughout the course of the movie. Like most Hollywood films these days, there’s a twist at the end. If you’re clever and watch for the clues, you’ll figure it out too. It’s not quite as hidden as Nolan’s The Prestige, but it’s still a nice surprise. I didn’t figure it out as quickly as I think I should have, in thinking back.
This is definitely a movie I’ll be buying a copy of when it comes out on Blu-ray. I’d love to see the behind the scenes and directory’s commentary, as I imagine it’ll be a lot of fun to dive into the making of features that will likely be on the disc.
If you enjoy magic or even just a good story told in movie format, you should check out Now You See Me. It’s a great (nearly) two hour film that tells a great story and has lots of flash and bang. Car chases, fights, double (and triple!) crosses, and lots and lots of magic tricks.